Embark on a transformative journey through the sacred landscapes of Uttarakhand. Starting from Delhi, we travel to Haridwar, where the ethereal Ganga Aarti ceremony at Harki Pauri leaves a lasting impression. Our path then leads to Guptakashi, a town steeped in legends and home to the revered Vishwanath Temple, echoing the divine presence of Lord Shiva. The adventure continues as we soar through the skies on a helicopter ride to Kedarnath, a shrine nestled amidst the mountains.
The ancient Kedarnath Temple, a marvel of architecture, beckons devotees seeking spiritual solace. Our journey unfolds further to Badrinath, a pinnacle of devotion and natural beauty, where the Badrinath Temple stands as a beacon of spirituality. En route, we encounter the confluences of sacred rivers and immerse ourselves in the holiness of Narsingh Temple and Adi Shankracharya Samadhi. As we make our way to Srinagar, the journey takes us through picturesque landscapes where the tranquil rivers bear testament to ancient myths.
At Rishikesh, we pay homage at Trayambakeshwar Temple, immerse in the spiritual energy of Parmarth Niketan Ashram, and witness the sacred Triveni Ghat. Our expedition concludes in Delhi, leaving us with hearts full of blessings and memories of a journey that rekindled our spirits and deepened our connection with the divine.
Haridwar: Haridwar, the gateway to spiritual exploration, captivates with its Ganga Aarti ceremony at Harki Pauri. The riverbank comes alive with shimmering oil lamps and heartfelt prayers, forging a connection with the divine as the Ganges flows past, cleansing the souls of pilgrims and travelers alike.
Guptakashi: Guptakashi, nestled in the Garhwal Himalayas, is steeped in ancient lore. This town houses the revered Vishwanath Temple, reminiscent of the one in Varanasi. Its mythical significance linked to the Pandavas and the tranquil atmosphere make it a haven for seekers of spirituality.
Kedarnath: Kedarnath, a shrine ensconced in the lap of the Himalayas, invokes reverence and awe. The Kedarnath Temple, etched in history, carries spiritual vibrations. Devotees brave the journey to seek solace in the presence of Lord Shiva amidst the breathtaking scenery of this sacred abode.
Badrinath: Badrinath, cradled by the Nar and Narayan mountain ranges, boasts the holiest of four shrines. The Badrinath Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, stands against the backdrop of the Neelkantha Peaks. The legends of the past merge with the spiritual devotion of the present, creating an atmosphere of sanctity.
Rishikesh: Rishikesh, the abode of yogis, invites introspection and rejuvenation. The town’s allure lies in its spiritual atmosphere and iconic landmarks like Trayambakeshwar Temple and Parmarth Niketan Ashram. The banks of the Ganges at Triveni Ghat resonate with the collective prayers of pilgrims.
This journey weaves a tapestry of divine exploration, where each destination represents a unique facet of spirituality, history, and natural beauty. From the sacred ghats of Haridwar to the quiet introspection in Guptakashi, the soaring heights of Kedarnath, the revered Badrinath Temple, and the serene embrace of Rishikesh, this pilgrimage is a passage to the heart of the divine.
Detailed Tour Plan
Day 01: Delhi – Haridwar
We will drive from Delhi to Haridwar and check in at hotel, relax. In the evening visit Harki Pauri for Aarti ceremony of mother Ganges.
Day 02: Haridwar– Guptakashi (260 Kms. Drive 08 – 09 Hrs)
Today we will start our journey to Guptakashi
Guptakashi, Gupta Kashi or Guptkashi is a fairly large town located at an elevation of 1,319 metres (4,327 ft) in the Kedar-khanda (‘khanda’ means “sector”), in Garhwal Himalayas of Rudraprayag district in Uttrakhand, India.
It is famous for the ancient Vishwanath Temple – dedicated to god Shiva – similar to the one in Varanasi (Kashi). The other famous temple here is dedicated to Ardhanareshvara (a half man half woman form of Shiva and Parvati). The name Guptakashi has legendary significance linked to the Pandavas, the heroes of the Hindu epic Mahabharata.
Afternoon visit to temple and dinner & stay overnight at hotel
Day 03: Guptkashi – Kedarnath – (Return by Helicopter)
After early breakfast leave by vehicle up to Helipad as per the reporting time, do boarding formalities & wait here for your time slot, on arrival at Kedarnath perform early Pooja & Darshan at Temple & come back to Helipad to take return flight to Guptkashi. Dinner & stay overnight at hotel.
The present temple built in 8th Century A.D. by Adi Guru Shankaracharya lies adjacent to the site of an ancient temple built by Pandavas. The temple has a conical lingam – the main idol, a statue of Nandi – the celestial bull, a ‘Garba Grah’ for worship and a man dap for assemblies of pilgrims and visitors. The temple is more than 1000 years old.
Guptakashi – Badrinath(155 kms Drive/ 6 Hrs)
After Breakfast leave for Badrinath En-route visit Narsingh Temple, and Adi Shankracharya Samadhi at Joshimath, then drive to Badrinath and on arrival Pooja Darshan at Temple.
Later visit Vyas Cave, Ganesh Cave, Bhim Bridge & origin of River Saraswati at Mana village the last village before the Tibetan border, later go to temple for holy Darshan/Pooja & attend evening Arti. Dinner & stay overnight at hotel.
Cradled in the twin Mountain ranges of Nar and Narayan is the holiest of the four main shrines – Badrinath along the left bank of river Alaknanda with the towering Neelkantha Peaks as the splendid backdrop. Once the spot was carpeted with ‘badris’ or wild berries and hence was famous as Badri van. Legend has it, when the Ganga was requested to descend to earth to help suffering humanity; the earth was unable to withstand the force of its descent. Therefore, the mighty Ganga was split into 12 holy channels. Alaknanda was one of them that later became the abode of Lord Vishnu or Badrinath.
Day 04: Badrinath – Srinagar (190 kms / 07-08hrs)
Morning Maha abhishek Pooja/ Darshan. After breakfast drive to Srinagar en-route visiting Vishnuprayag, Karnprayag, Nandprayag & Rudraprayag. Later drive to Srinagar. Dinner & stay overnight at hotel.
Day 05: Srinagar – Rishikesh – Dehradun (175 kms / 05 Hrs)
After breakfast proceed to Delhi Via Rishikesh.
Arrive and visit to Trayambakeshwar Temple, on the east bank of the Ganges at Lakshman Jhula Bridge, is 13 stories high, and Bharat Mandir is situated in the heart of the old town on the banks of the Ganges. The Inner sanctum of the temple has the idol of Lord Vishnu, carved out of a single Saligram. Parmarth Niketan – One of the few Ashrams left in India where Kids get the Veda Education.
After lunch visit to Triveni Ghat- a most revered sacred bathing spot in Rishikesh and is situated on the banks of Ganges River.
Delhi Arrival by 8:00 PM. Drop at Home/Hotel/Airport.
End of Tour
Yatra Complete with Blessings & Unforgettable memories!
FAQs about the Tour
Q1: What is the Ganga Aarti ceremony in Haridwar?
A1: The Ganga Aarti is a sacred ritual held at Haridwar’s Harki Pauri. Devotees gather at the riverbank to offer prayers and witness the mesmerizing ceremony where oil lamps are floated on the Ganges, symbolizing the devotion to the divine.
Q2: What is the significance of Guptakashi?
A2: Guptakashi holds spiritual significance due to the revered Vishwanath Temple, reminiscent of the one in Varanasi. It’s also associated with ancient legends, making it a tranquil haven for seekers of spiritual solace.
Q3: How do I reach Kedarnath on this tour?
A3: You’ll have a unique experience reaching Kedarnath by helicopter. This journey provides an opportunity to perform early Pooja and Darshan at the Kedarnath Temple, which is situated amidst the stunning Himalayan landscape.
Q4: Can you tell me about the Kedarnath Temple’s history?
A4: The Kedarnath Temple was built in the 8th century A.D. adjacent to the site of an ancient temple constructed by the Pandavas. It holds a conical lingam as the main idol and is a significant pilgrimage site for Lord Shiva devotees.
Q5: What makes Badrinath special?
A5: Badrinath, nestled between Nar and Narayan mountain ranges, is revered as one of the holiest of the four main shrines. The Badrinath Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, is set against the backdrop of the majestic Neelkantha Peaks, making it a spiritual and visual marvel.
Q6: What can I explore in Rishikesh?
A6: Rishikesh, known as the Yoga Capital of the World, offers a serene atmosphere for introspection. The Trayambakeshwar Temple, Parmarth Niketan Ashram, and the sacred Triveni Ghat are some of the prominent attractions reflecting Rishikesh’s spiritual essence.
Q7: How is this tour suitable for spiritual seekers?
A7: This tour encompasses destinations of immense spiritual significance, including ancient temples, revered shrines, and sites associated with Hindu mythology. It provides ample opportunities for devotion, introspection, and connection with the divine.
Q8: Are there scenic attractions included in the tour?
A8: Absolutely, the tour offers stunning natural landscapes as you travel through the Garhwal Himalayas. The serene rivers, confluences, and the breathtaking Himalayan backdrop add to the visual beauty of the journey.
Q9: What is the significance of the confluences visited en route?
A9: The confluences of rivers like Vishnuprayag, Karnprayag, Nandprayag, and Rudraprayag hold deep spiritual significance in Hindu mythology. These sites offer a unique opportunity to witness the sacred merging of rivers.
Q10: How does this tour provide a holistic spiritual experience?
A10: This tour takes you through revered temples, historic sites, and picturesque locations, creating a journey that intertwines devotion, mythology, natural beauty, and tranquility. It offers a comprehensive spiritual experience that touches both the heart and soul.
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